|Road:||M6 at J20|
M56 at J9
(also accessible to traffic on the A50, B5158 and the B5356)
|Telephone number:||01925 757777|
|Signposted from the road?||As Poplar 2000|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
More of a courtyard than a service area, and technically only a truckstop but it caters for cars too. It's located at the M6/M56 interchange and used to be extremely popular; it's now considered to be in-line with other Moto services.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Lucky Coin, Lymm Truck Wash[website], Showers
Restaurants: Fifth Wheel Bar & Grill, McDonald's drive thru, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Trucking Shop[website], Barber Shop, M&S Simply Food
Motel: Ibis Budget[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £16 and HGVs £15. Trailer changeovers have a charge of £3 for 24 hours.
Prices are paid using pay points in the main building.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Moto try to divert all of the lorry drivers at their nearby Knutsford services here, as that only has 27 spaces for lorries whereas Lymm has 600.
The Greggs bakers was the first to open at any UK motorway service area.
As part of plans to grow the services in 2015, an M&S Simply Food opened here on 19 March 2015. Lucky Coin and Fifth Wheel Bar & Grill also officially opened here on 30 March but actually opened on 25 March. A temporary unbranded restaurant and bar was in operation whilst the new facilities were built.
There are a series of breakdown units located within the services.
Lymm was run by Poplar 2000, but it got mixed up with the Granada and Compass merge/diverge mess. To cut a long story short, Moto ended up owning the services and they are slowly dropping the Poplar 2000 branding and replacing its unique facilities with their own, such as WHSmith and Costa. By 2015 the Poplar name survived on the road signs only.
The truckstop was proposed in 1987 and built next to an original, much smaller one which has been there since the 1950s.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
|Knutsford (6 miles)||Services on the M6||
Charnock Richard (22 miles)|
Burtonwood (M62 west, 10 miles)
Birch (M62 east, 23 miles)
|Birch (M62 east, 35 miles)||Services on the M56||Chester (14 miles)|
|Knutsford (6 miles)||Moto services||Birch (M62 east, 23 miles)|
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